Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

This program can open the door to many new opportunities for college students and recent graduates, and in addition to the networking potential at the Statehouse, a strong internship experience can be a competitive advantage in job searches. 

Participating in the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience. This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester and gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.

Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas based on their skill sets, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

Legislative interns work directly with an assigned group of state representatives as they research and respond to legislative questions. Communications interns are paired with press secretaries and learn how to write press releases, monitor social media and coordinate media interviews. The intern teaming with our fiscal analysts will help monitor tax- and finance-related bills and assist the House Committee on Ways and Means. Those who like public speaking and conducting thorough research should consider applying for the policy internship.

These are full-time positions, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April. In addition to biweekly compensation of $750, interns can earn academic credit through their college or university, and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate or graduate expenses.

In today’s competitive job market, internships are key to launching careers. Not only is it important to establish relationships with other professionals and network, but it is also vital to apply skills in a real-world setting. Mastering soft skills like time management, prioritizing tasks and communicating are essential for succeeding in the workforce.

Hamilton County is home to numerous young professionals who could really benefit from gaining experience at the Statehouse. Please consider applying before the Oct. 31 deadline. For those who may not be able to participate at this time, it’s important to note that the House of Representatives offers these opportunities each year.

For more information about the House Republican Internship Program and to apply, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/internship.

Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov